Action Collaborative Partner Network

The University of Arizona Commitment Statement to Join the Action Collaborative Partner Network

The University of Arizona (UArizona) is committed to and will actively participate in the Action Collaborative Partner Network. We commit to sharing information about our institutions efforts and innovations in preventing and addressing sexual harassment. We will use, adapt, implement and share the resources and best practices identified by the Action Collaborative. Organizational commitments to date include creating a Faculty Fellow for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment who will serve in the Office of the Provost and who will receive a stipend. This individual will serve as liaison and coordinate efforts on campus by organizing regular meetings with multiple offices dedicated to prevention of sexual harassment, including the Office of Institutional Equity (which houses Title IX), Human Resources, Faculty Affairs and the Consortium against Gender Violence. 

Read the University of Arizona Commitment Statement to Join the Action Collaborative Partner Network.

Prevention of Sexual Harassment Faculty Fellow

The purpose of the Prevention of Sexual Harassment Faculty Fellow is to serve as University of Arizona point of contact for the Partner Network of the Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education. The Faculty Fellow will complete any necessary paperwork to maintain the university’s participation in the partner network. They will provide any materials or reports necessary to the Partner Network in order to stay active. They will attend any relevant conferences and share information from NASEM’s reports or materials with the University of Arizona community, which includes shared governance, campus partners, community, and alumni organizations.

Kathleen Melde - UArizona Prevention of Sexual Harassment Faculty Fellow

Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs & Diversity, College of Engineering

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Civil Engineering 100C

Kathleen L. Melde (formerly Virga) joined the faculty of UA Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1996 with extensive experience in modeling, fabrication and measurement of the performance of antennas, antenna arrays, high-density microwave circuits, and high-speed packaging interconnects. Prior to the University of Arizona, from 1985 to 1996, she worked in the Radar Systems Group at Hughes Electronics in California. In 2019, she was appointed as the first the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Inclusion in the College of Engineering. In this role she leads efforts related to creating an inclusive efforts for all stakeholders in the college.  

Melde is known for her contributions to the design and development of antennas and transmit-receive, or T/R, modules for airborne phased and active arrays. She has more than 90 publications, 5 U.S. patents, and has been an expert witness and consultant in the area of RF circuits and antennas. Her current projects include tunable RF front ends for cognitive radio, high-speed electronics packaging, on-chip antennas, and antennas for wildlife tracking.

She is a Fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). In 2010, she received the Excellence at Student Interface award from the UA College of Engineering, followed two years later by a Teaching Fellowship from the college. Melde has been an invited keynote speaker for such occasions as California State University, Northridge's School of Engineering commencement and the conference on the Electrical Performance of Electronic Packages and Systems, or EPEPS. She was formerly an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation and IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters.